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Obesity Rates Down Among City Public School Students, DOH Says

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Obesity rates are down among city public school students.

The Department of Health says the new data shows a 9.5 percent decrease in the number of severely obese children in kindergarten through eighth grade and a 5.5 percent decrease in obese children in the same age bracket.

A severely obese child has a BMI that is 120 percent above the 95th percentile, according to their gender-specific growth charts.

Reports say while severe obesity among children is decreasing in the city, it is increasing nationally.

The city continues to take a multi-step approach in hopes of keeping these rates down in schools.

Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, the deputy mayor for health and human resources, said, "The responsibility to address childhood obesity does not only depend on our schools – it demands a multi-agency approach. Already, efforts are underway to educate New Yorkers about healthier options."

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